Private Client

Owning and protecting homes in 2021

February 11th 2021

Virtual Seminar

Our House… our castle and our keep: owning and protecting homes in 2021

February 11th 2021

2 - 5pm

Speakers: Alan Eccles; Rory Cowan

Virtual Seminar

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£180+VAT
£135+VAT (Member price)

3hrs CPD

Never more so than in recent times have we recognised the importance of our home. It is central to a family's well-being and prosperity. The same can also be said of its place in succession and estate planning. This in depth seminar will look at steps to protect the home, pass it to the ‘right’ beneficiaries as well as ways to help family members get on to the property ladder. It will also consider some issues for those in the private rental sector.

This seminar will look at issues associated with homes including:

  • Asset protection
  • Homes in wills
  • Survivorship destinations
  • Houses and separation
  • Tax traps and opportunities
  • Covid-19 related legal and tax points for the home
  • Private rental sector issues
  • Homes and executries
  • Trusts holding homes
  • The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

    Alan's work covers three main areas: charities, private client and parliamentary matters.

    Alan's private client work covers estate planning including wills, executries, trusts and inheritance tax. He is the author of the Scotland chapter in the textbook International Succession. As part of his private client advice Alan often advises on incapacity law (powers of attorney, court appointed guardianship and other methods of managing the affairs of those less able to do so). This has involved acting in some of the leading Sottish cases on incapacity law and estate and succession planning. A regular commentator on incapacity law matters, Alan's written work has been referred to in judicial decision making. Of Alan's private client work, the Legal 500 notes that he "conveys complicated legal concepts with clarity and humour".

    He was previously a member of the legal staff at the Scottish Law Commission and currently lectures at the University of Strathclyde in property, trusts and charities. Alan has also tutored private client law at the University of Glasgow.

    Alan was a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland from 2007 to 2009 and the Society's Education and Training Committee from 2007 to 2012. He is currently a member of the Society's Charity Law and Mental Health and Disability Law Committees.


    Rory Cowan is a commercial and property litigator with over 18 years of experience. He regularly appears in Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland handling a wide range of commercial and property disputes. Rory represents clients in high value commercial disputes including commercial contract disputes, corporate and partnership cases, professional negligence, insolvency, interdicts, boundary disputes and encroachment cases.

    He has a proven track record dealing with commercial and other disputes often with cross border elements for European companies involving complex jurisdictional arguments and issues of ‘applicable law’ as well as defamation and intellectual property disputes.